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Old 11-28-2012, 01:17 PM   #1
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Bahamas Atlantis Beach Day & Discover Atlantis

We are traveling on the Disney Dream in February with a group of 7 (Me 39, Wife 38, DD 9, DS 6, DS 5 and 2 grandma's-64). Only 1 person out of our group has ever been on a cruise and she did goto Nassau but never did an excursion while there.

While I would love to do the dophin experience as an excursion I just can't justify paying that much money for the 7 of us. So after a lengthy discussion with the Mrs we came up with the the Atlantis beach day and discover atlantis. My kids love aqariums/zoo's as well as the beach so naturally its a perfect fit but I want to know if its really worth it.

I was wondering if any previous cruisers have any feedback positive or negative on this excursion? Any and all insight would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-28-2012, 01:37 PM   #2
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I don't recommend the Discover Atlantis tour. It was the biggest rip off. We spent less than two hours there total including bus ride. Unless you gamble and want to shop it is not worth the money. We spent over a hundred dollars for a cheesy tour. The aquarium was not that impressive to justify the cost. They spent twenty minutes talking about how much the sculptures in the casino cost, not what holds the interest of kids, or even us! lol. From family and friends who I talked to it's only worth going to Atlantis if you are doing the waterpark. Other than that save your money and stay on the ship.

Also know that Atlantis is not stroller or wheelchair friendly. There are many stairs and extremely few elevators in sight. The elevators are tiny and manually operated. There was one other couple with a baby on our tour and the elevator would only fit two moms, two strollers, and the elevator operator so the other members in the party would have to take the stairs.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:19 PM   #3
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I agree - I wouldn't pay too much for just the Discover Atlantis part. If you can find an excursion that includes the waterpark/beach, that would be fun.

We stayed at Atlantis last year with my then 5 month old and brought our big Bugaboo stroller. My hubby and the one stroller had no problem getting around. I guess the elevators were a little small but we didn't really notice it. We spent most of our time carrying the stroller up and down stairs but they were always short flights and it is something that we are really used to.

I hope you can find something in Nassau that suits you all!
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:31 AM   #4
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We did 'Discover Atlantis' on our own. Its very easy to get to on your own. Took a taxi (water or land) over to Atlantis and paid for a day pass to just the aquarium. The tour was cheesy, but you don't have to take it, you can explore on your own. They have laminated sheets for identifying the fish. After the main aquarium we went outside to explore the other smaller tanks they have throughout the property.

Not sure about adding a beach day onto that. There were combo deals, but i don't remember all the details. There might be a public portion of beach nearby that you can go to after the aquarium. We had fun, and if your kids like animals, they will too.

DD was less than 2 years old on our cruise, so we weren't interested in the water park portion, nor did we think the cost was justifiable for us. We didnt want the beach either because CC was the next day. I have read on these boards about people booking a room at a neighbor hotel that offers wristbands for Atlantis.... you might want to look into that.
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They may have shuffled the excursions since we were there 5 years ago. I remember doing the Beach Day, but there wasn't any tour involved. We could wander around ourselves and had access to The Dig, the beaches and other aquarium stuff, just not the water slides. We had a great time. The bus runs every 15 minutes or something so there was no time limit except to get back before the last bus. We spent all day there, had vouchers for lunch and chairs on the beach when we wanted to use them.
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Also know that Atlantis is not stroller or wheelchair friendly. There are many stairs and extremely few elevators in sight. The elevators are tiny and manually operated. There was one other couple with a baby on our tour and the elevator would only fit two moms, two strollers, and the elevator operator so the other members in the party would have to take the stairs.
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We stayed at Atlantis last year with my then 5 month old and brought our big Bugaboo stroller. My hubby and the one stroller had no problem getting around. I guess the elevators were a little small but we didn't really notice it. We spent most of our time carrying the stroller up and down stairs but they were always short flights and it is something that we are really used to.
I visit Atlantis annually, and have been doing so since my 5-year old was an infant. As the second poster noted, Atlantis pretty stroller friendly. But there are a few places where it's easier to go up a short flight of stairs, rather than detour to the elevator.

There is just one place where there is a wheelchair lift that has to be operated by security.

Now, there's definitely a learning curve to knowing where the elevators are, and it requires planning your route. But its very easy to get around once you know the right places.

If you're just visiting for a few hours while on a port call, I can see how it would be difficult to know your way around....but the same could be said for visiting a Disney park.
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There might be a public portion of beach nearby that you can go to after the aquarium.
There is a public beach near Atlantis, but I believe it doesn't have any restroom facilities.

To get to it, you walk though the public lobby areas for Atlantis' hotel towers, exit at the Beach Tower lobby, and walk just past the RIU to the access path.
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I visit Atlantis annually, and have been doing so since my 5-year old was an infant. As the second poster noted, Atlantis pretty stroller friendly. But there are a few places where it's easier to go up a short flight of stairs, rather than detour to the elevator.

There is just one place where there is a wheelchair lift that has to be operated by security.

Now, there's definitely a learning curve to knowing where the elevators are, and it requires planning your route. But its very easy to get around once you know the right places.

If you're just visiting for a few hours while on a port call, I can see how it would be difficult to know your way around....but the same could be said for visiting a Disney park.
I'm sure you are right but when you are on the "Discover Atlantis" tour which the OP was asking about you follow a group. The tour guide chooses the path and you must enter the elevators that they tell you to and carry your stroller or else you lose the group.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:27 PM   #9
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We did the Atlantis Beach Day in May with our 7 year old and 2 year old. We did have to carry the stroller up and down the stairs outside as we looked at the aquarium but it wasn't terrible. I liked the fact that there was a lagoon we had access to and could play in the water there. The guide actually recommended we use that since the rip tide can be strong along the beach. I wasn't so worried about the kids. We spent most of the day there. My mom and dd and I shopped and my dh and stepdad went to the casino. I did find the grounds a little confusing as to where everything is but everyone was friendly that we asked. I would probably do it again...
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